AudioCD Player Dockling 1.2.0 is a new version of the free dockling for playing audio CDs directly from the dock in Mac OS X. Version 1.2.0 adds CDDB protocol support, support for multiple drives, improved AutoPlay, rearranged controls for quicker access, and system-friendly access to CDs.
Entourage Email Archive 1.5b1 is a new version of the $15 utility for archiving emails and attachments in Microsoft Entourage. Version 1.5b1 now detects the class of email (incoming or outgoing) and handles the received/sent date automatically and adds additional improvements and fixes relating to FileMaker Pro integration.
Contributing Editor Chris Barylick believes that the transition to Mac OS X can be an awkward time for the platform and its users, but it can become an easier migration with help from a long-time staple of the Mac community.
MindVision Software has released Installer VISE 7.3, a new version of its installer software for developers that brings expanded options for installations on Mac OS X. Version 7.3 adds the ability to install files to both Mac OS X and its Classic environment, enhanced user authentication, and gestalts for checking user privledges and other settings in Mac OS X.
QuickSilver Software has unveiled a web site devoted to releasing new information, screenshots, ship renders, and other materials for Master of Orion III. The game, which is being shown in MacSoft\'s booth at E3, is expected to be released in early 2002.
Deep Sky Technologies has released SMTP Deux 1.0.0.b01, a 4D component that adds support for the SMTP protocol from directly within 4D. SMTP Deux runs on top of Deek Sky\'s TCP Deux 4D component, which is also currently in beta.
Blizzard Entertainment has released an E3 2001 Cinematic Trailer for its upcoming Mac/PC role-playing strategy game, WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos. The trailer is in Bink format and requires the Bink Player to be viewed on the Mac.
PocketDock 2.1 is a new version of the $20 utility for Mac OS X to organize and launch applications, documents, web links, and e-mail addresses. Version 2.1 adds support for moving and copying files from within PocketDock and between PocketDock and the Finder, placement of links from PocketDock onto the Dock, drop launching of documents from the Finder onto PocketDock application links, drop launching of PocketDock file links on applications in the Finder and the Dock, and other improvements, performance enhancements, and bug fixes. [form]
Architosh reports on 3D creation software Blender coming to Mac OS X in Q3 2001 and instructions for running Radiance on Mac OS X.
Apple has selected The Omni Group to showcase three of its high-profile gamesóHeavy Metal: F.A.K.K. 2, Oni, and Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Forceórunning on Mac OS X at next week\'s Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, CA. The games will be displayed on 733 MHz G4s with NVIDIA\'s GeForce2 and GeForce3, ATI\'s Radeon, Logitech\'s MouseMan Wheel Optical mouse, and Harman Kardon\'s SoundSticks and iSub. The entire Omni Engineering staff will be on hand to answer questions about games, Cocoa, and porting applications to Mac OS X.
SockhoStockWatcher 1.0 is a new, free stock watching application for Mac OS X.
Newsflash 1.0a7 is a \"simple to use but powerful MacOS X Usenet (NNTP) newsreader with a non-blocking Aqua GUI, article threading and multi- server support. Newsflash is 100% native Objective-C and COCOA and is currently in the alpha stage.\"
Blizzard Entertainment plans to release Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, the expansion set to its wildly successful action/role-playing game Diablo II, in late June as a hybrid (Mac/PC) CD, according to IMG.
UserLand has released a beta of Frontier 7 and Manila for Mac OS X, a scalable Web content management system that enables end-user content management through a simple browser interface. With this release of Manila, UserLand also brings support for the next generation Internet standards SOAP, XML-RPC, and RSS to the Mac platform.
Entries are now being accepted for the 4th Annual Macworld Expo Digital Art Contest. An independent panel of judges from the digital art community will review the entries and choose 30 images from \"Student\" and \"Non-Student\" categories to be included in a special Macworld Expo Digital Art Gallery, which will premiere at this summer\'s Macworld Expo New York and travel across the country as an exhibition to art galleries, universities, and Macworld Expo San Francisco 2002. The deadline to enter is June 1, 2001.
Click & Create with Mia, designed for children 5 and older, is a self-contained CD-ROM art studio that combines computer-based activities with hands-on pursuits utilizing pre-cut shapes and other (included) art materials. It is scheduled to ship in the third quarter for $25.
MacHack, the annual conference for leading edge developers, has filled the available openings for free student registrations. However, students interested in attending the event in Dearborn, MI can volunteer to help with behind-the-scenes operation of the event and gain free admission. More information on volunteering for the event is available by e-mailing email@example.com. MacHack 2001 begins on June 21, 2001 and runs for 72 hours non-stop.
Fraser Speirs\'s RSIDock 1.2, a rest-reminder docklet for OS X, adds the ability to choose a dialog box or flashing icon alerts, an optional \'Rest Now\' option to start rest period early, a countdown timer on rest screen, and ability to exit a rest period early.
Package Tracker 3.2 adds several new features to the package management system, including address validation, a UPS rate calculator, HTTP proxy support under OS X, and other OS X enhancements.
Fontosaurus has added three new fonts: Ebola Jones, Insatiable, and Spring Break.
Ben Bird has released BTV 5 and BTV Pro 5, new versions of the video capture software. BTV Pro also offers the capability to edit video and create animations. The new versions offer improved image and video capture, shortcut keys, AppleScript enhancements, and more. BTV 5 and BTV Pro 5 sell for $20 and $35, respectively.
SierraMaps has begun selling a Gimp 1.2.1 for Mac OS X CD for $25 that installs the software without any user input. For more information on compiling and running the Gimp under OS X, see MacGimp.org.
ecOrganizer 1.1 is an update to the $200 workgroup organizer, contact, and project management application. Version 1.1 includes the ability to add FileMaker solutions.
A CBS Marketwatch article weighs the pros and cons of Apple\'s retail strategy.
Reseller Power 3.4 is an integrated database system for small businesses that can perform a number of tasks, including quoting, order entry, purchase order, prospect list management, and more. Pricing begins at $1,000 for a single license and ranges up to $5,200 for a network license. [demo]
The Diablo II v1.06b upgrade patch, available from Battle.net, fixes a bug that prevented saving for Open Battle.Net characters and one that allowed players to crash each other by spamming them, as well as improvements to copy-protection for various CD, DVD and CD-R drives. Additionally, Blizzard has released the 1.08 update for Starcraft/Broodwar, although it\'s not yet available as a stand-alone download. [updated]
Yesterday Westlake Interactive made several important announcements regarding its upcoming Mac games. Other reports included a first in-game look at Myth III: The Wolf Age, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - The Fallen\'s ship date, Logitech\'s new gaming peripherals, the Evolution NeckPhone wireless MP3 player, Disney\'s nine new Mac games, Mia: Just in Time!, an iBook touch-screen device, and Steinberg\'s Nuendo for the Mac. Software releases included Resorcerer 2.4, VirusBarrier 1.6, and BBEdit 6.1.2.
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Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive,¬†Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk¬†Drive,¬†GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN
MIT demoes 'Eyeriss' AI chip for mobile
At the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week, MIT researchers presented a new chip designed specifically to implement neural networks. The researchers claim that "Eyeriss" is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms such as Siri or Cortana, rather than uploading all data to a remote server for processing. http://bit.ly/1TISJBe
Pocket for iOS adds readability settings
Offline reader iOS app Pocket has updated, with reader-friendly changes. With the new revision, premium subscribers can adjust character spacing, and choose from eight new fonts including one that makes it easier for sufferers of dyslexia to read saved content. The app itself is free, with a premium subscription available for $5 a month, or $45 a year. http://apple.co/1KuILBl